Paper crafting is works of heart

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Sending Smiles card of Bear Cub and have a Fab Birthday card for PPCCB no 429 design team inspiration

Brave bear cub is reminding that "you've got this"! Sending smiles your way! Card #1

The cute digital image is from Fabrika Fantasy and they are a prize sponsor & DT crew's image sponsor at PPCC blog for #429. Another prize sponsor is Di's Digi Stamps. All the details can be found using the link I'll provide later in the keep reading!

The image was printed on kraft cardstock then outlined; cut; mounted onto bold yellow paper before being added on top of the chevron patterned strip and the 2 pocket cards:

CARD #2 Have a Fabulous Birthday! using same image of Bear Cub from Fabrika Fantasy for PPCC blog's #429=

Some design notes about the construction of these cards and other challenge/blog link-ups=

Card #1=the mocha brown cardstock base for the card is the B/reverse side of the yellow with the palm trees and arrows as its corner design; these papers were put together as one of my May CKC blog mini kits (their inspirational picked kit has lots of reds, yellows, greens, and blues along with lots of travel motifs)


Card #1=the 2 pocket cards were from a sheet that I used in January 2019; the pack had 2 sheets; the reverse side is a muted red and cream lattice print which I almost used but decided to use the circus/amusement park themed cards behind the bear cub

this is another May 2019 mini kit I organized from about 4-5 months of previous leftovers that I thought either color or theme wise helped reflect the picked kit to emulate; as you can see the 'ticket to ride' card and a different one with elephants were trimmed out to use; the remainder of the sheet is turned over and shown on the left.

Card #2's base is a reverse of an old-fashioned camera patterned cardstock also in another May mini kit; as well as the cream solid color cardstock that the focal bear image is printed on.


Jo's Scrap Shack #280 FFC=Always Anything Goes theme; started May 3rd and ends May 10th; link:


More scanned & cropped views of Card #1 brave bear cub encouragement card=

I'm my own worst critic; not happy with the use of colored pencils on the kraft cardstock for Card #1. I thought it would have a softer effect; that not so much filling in would have to be done. Then it seemed like I just had to keep coloring and layering different hues everywhere; like the balloon that started with yellow and then had orange and pink added..ugh!


I'm happy with the outlining. And the outlining around the 2 stickers in the corner because that gray helps unify with the edging of the pocket cards and the gray chevrons in the patterned cardstock strip. Otherwise, this card makes a cute encouragement project to mail this week.


Card #2 has a C.A.S. styling that is not normal for me! I like that foam tabs were used behind the image to lift it up, just like the sentiment stick-on. The fill-in for this bear was used with my secret tool (glitter eye shadow!!!). I outlined this image too but did a double band using reddish brown marker for the outer band and purple for the inner band. The balloon is lavender, the journal card has a mauve-pink, and the sentiment stick-on has lavender. I think they are great contrasts to the dark brown base CS.

Crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S


  1. Such an adorable bear with his balloon. Great cards. Love the elements you added.

  2. What a gorgeous image Becca, and you are too hard yourself with your colouring!! Give yourself some grace :)

    1. Oh, Maxine! Thank you so much, dear! In my head I thought if I used colored cardstock it would help 'make' a brown bear. Switching to cream color CS and using a different medium for color fill, the second card makes an interesting contrast. I guess that is part of the 'fun' decision-making and problem-solving processing in creativity.

  3. Such a sweet image and I'm sure the person getting your cards will love them.


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